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#1 Offline Subverted - Posted May 24 2015 - 9:23 AM

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I don't really want to start a bunch of journals for my various colonies and I may not keep this updated but I will give this a try.

 

First up is this cool little Camponotus sp. (photo from 5/7/15). They don't seem to want to move into the new setup I made them...

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Next up is one of the queens I found that got me back into ants. This queen in a deli cup is doing the best out of the four. She has two cocoons so far!

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Last of the Camponotus colonies. This one has two queens and was rather overcrowded in the first photo from 5/7/15:

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Here is a photo from last night, 5/23/15, in the new setup I made for them:

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Last up, here is the Tapinoma sessile colony with a few new workers. They are in a prototype of the setup above.

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#2 Offline dermy - Posted May 28 2015 - 11:43 AM

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Wow Cool Setups, Hope the colonies do well for you!



#3 Offline Foogoo - Posted May 28 2015 - 12:33 PM

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That's a pretty neat DIY nest. What did you use for the stock plastic? And what is the blue stuff?


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#4 Offline drtrmiller - Posted May 28 2015 - 12:46 PM

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HDPE plastic cutting board.  Cellulose sponge.



#5 Offline AntsNY - Posted May 28 2015 - 7:15 PM

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How did you get two different Camponotus queens to play nice together?  :o 



#6 Offline Ants4fun - Posted May 28 2015 - 8:17 PM

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How did you get two different Camponotus queens to play nice together? :o


Where did he say he did?

#7 Offline AntTeen804 - Posted May 28 2015 - 8:35 PM

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How did you get two different Camponotus queens to play nice together? :o


Where did he say he did?
You can see them in the second photo.
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#8 Offline AntsNY - Posted May 28 2015 - 9:01 PM

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Nevermind, it is a soldier. The queen is covered in the third photo down. The fourth photo shows both queens clearly.  :facepalm:


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#9 Offline Subverted - Posted May 28 2015 - 10:57 PM

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How did you get two different Camponotus queens to play nice together?  :o 

I think that species is polygynous. I have found a few colonies of those Camponotus under rocks and most have had two queens kicking around. Those two are from different colonies to start with actually.

 

Some updates!

Tapinoma sessile worker explosion:

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I found some Pseudomyrmex apache in a Salvia alpiana (White Sage) twig! Unfortunately I didn't get the queen...but its cool to watch these workers with brood anyway!

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Most of the twig the nest was in split in half:

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#10 Offline dspdrew - Posted May 29 2015 - 7:27 AM

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I'm definitely going to see if I can find a colony of those Pseudomyrmex apache this year.



#11 Offline Subverted - Posted May 31 2015 - 9:20 AM

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One of my Camponotus queens just got her first worker last night!

 

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#12 Offline Lamarr - Posted May 31 2015 - 9:49 AM

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Congrats, Subverted!

 

Also, could you show us how you make these plastic/acrylic nests?



#13 Offline Subverted - Posted May 31 2015 - 9:57 AM

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Congrats, Subverted!

 

Also, could you show us how you make these plastic/acrylic nests?

Thanks!

 

I make the nests from HDPE cutting board material with a drill press, cross slide, and patience. I might stick some of this format of nest up for sale/trade soon if anyone is interested.


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#14 Offline Subverted - Posted June 4 2015 - 7:11 PM

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All these photos are from the last day or two.

 

Pseudomyrmex apache looking sexy:

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Camponotus subgenus myrmentoma in their new digs:

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Queen getting fed:

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The polygynous Camponotus:

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And a Camponotus vicinus (?) queen:

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#15 Offline Lamarr - Posted June 4 2015 - 7:22 PM

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Those are some nice looking pictures of your ants!



#16 Offline Subverted - Posted June 9 2015 - 8:12 PM

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Found some Pogonomyrmex californicus queens the last two days, they are laying eggs...

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I managed to capture a Camponotus queen laying an egg too!

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And now she's putting it with the rest

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#17 Offline Ants4fun - Posted June 9 2015 - 8:30 PM

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Great pics as always!
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#18 Offline Jonathan21700 - Posted June 10 2015 - 12:44 PM

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Amazing!



#19 Offline Subverted - Posted June 14 2015 - 11:32 PM

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I fed orange to a couple of the groups of queens I am trying out...they decided to stick their eggs to it. Pretty odd.

 

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#20 Offline Ants4fun - Posted June 15 2015 - 4:45 AM

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They might be trying to keep the eggs moist.




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